More info on funding


BIGS-DR coordination team

Dr. Günther Manske
Ms. Maike Retat-Amin

Email: docp.zef(@)


Genscherallee 3
53113 Bonn

Tel. +49 (0)228 73 1792

Fax +49 (0)228 73 1839

Cost of living

BIGS-DR raises no tuition fees. However, there is semester fee of around 290 EUR per term at the University of Bonn. The semester fee includes unlimited use of the public transportation in the region, and grants students reduced fares around the city. The following price list gives a rough estimate of the living expenses per month for a student in Bonn.

 Living expenses per month

Health insurance50-150 EUR
Housing300-400 EUR
Food250-300 EUR
Clothes, etc.80-100 EUR
Books, etc.50 EUR
Entertainment100 EUR
830-1100 EUR


Depending on individual lifestyles, the average monthly living expenses should come out to around 900 EUR per month. In addition to the cost of living in Bonn, applicants will need to secure or propose how they will obtain adequate research costs for their planned field research. The funds you need to secure for your research will vary from project to project, which can range from 5,000 to 20,000 EUR.

Admission to BIGS-DR does not guarantee a scholarship. There are a number of different scholarship possibilities, and just a few of the options are listed below. Also listed below are several online databases that help students find the right scholarship option for their field.

Funding options

There are two ways in which applicants can apply for funding:

Internal scholarship

External funding

BIGS-DR has one type of internal scholarship which is funded through the Development-Related Postgraduate Course program (EPOS) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The deadline for internal scholarship applicants is August 31st annually.

External funding sources are typically institutions, foundations, organizations. Applicants also have the option to fund themselves independently. These are all considered external funding sources and are reviewed through the same application channels. BIGS-DR does not impose any deadlines for external funding applicants, but applicants who apply for external funding should inform us about deadlines and other requirements that may be necessary.